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Hello fellow aquarist, guess Ill start this off by describing my tank so far:

56 gallon Marineland
2x coralife t5 fixtures with dual t5 6500 k bulbs = 156 watts
1x fluval 205 canister filter
1x marineland 280 HOB
2x 4"lunar lights
2x marineland 400 power heads attached to a under gravel filter

I also have a new pressurized co2 system that I am tinkering with. It is on a timer that matches my light cycle but I still need to get a ph monitor to complete the system. So far my tank is growing quite nice and provides a good source of store credit at the lfs :p
 

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Welcome. You'll like it here. I have stopped going to other forums. There are a few I visit every once in a blue moon but this is home.

Tank looks nice! I love these square Marineland tanks. We've been selling them like mad at the pet shop I work at. Very fun to aquascape in.
 

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Tank looks nice! I love these square Marineland tanks. We've been selling them like mad at the pet shop I work at. Very fun to aquascape in.
Oh yeah, cubes are a big seller right now, especially for SW. My shop is selling them almost as fast as we get them in!
 

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The tanks dimensions are 30"x18"x22". So its not quite a cube but the depth is NICE. I honestly would never buy a 55 long for this exact reason.

problems:
The hight and length make this tank hard to light for a planted/reef. A 30" fixture is not as common as a 36" or a 48" and also doesn't have as much output...so I have two fixtures, and Im still having trouble. When I get my (heavenly quire) Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend I plan on adding another fixture, making a 6 bulb system. Or possibly going metal halide.

Long story short, I wish I would have bought a 75
 

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The tanks dimensions are 30"x18"x22". So its not quite a cube but the depth is NICE. I honestly would never buy a 55 long for this exact reason.

problems:
The hight and length make this tank hard to light for a planted/reef. A 30" fixture is not as common as a 36" or a 48" and also doesn't have as much output...so I have two fixtures, and Im still having trouble. When I get my (heavenly quire) Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend I plan on adding another fixture, making a 6 bulb system. Or possibly going metal halide.

Long story short, I wish I would have bought a 75
i would really look into some leds if you look around and get the right ones they can do all the light output you need an save a ton of watts, there is a nice 50w led that puts out
50 Watt High Power WHITE + BLUE LED Aquarium Reef corals grow light
12" depth - 177 Par
24" depth - 77 Par i would bet that should do your tank fine. just check an see if u want all white or a mix. i wish i got 1.2k to live here lol but i got best of both worlds mtns an city whatever i choose :)
nice tank an welcome to tpt btw im sure youll like it here..
 
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